Moms have plenty to wine about. (Yes...that's wine not whine). When you're responsible for others' daily food, clothing, education, culture and transportation needs, it's necessary to take some time for yourself. That's why I was especially happy to be invited out to Cru Wine Bar last Thursday with Little Tech Girl, blogger bigwigs, media mavens, and Motorola.
The food and wines were superb, and the company was even tastier.
After our informative, international wine tasting and socializing, I felt rejuvenated. No one appreciates a night out like a busy mom! It was a luxury to not have to take care of anyone else for a precious few hours.
I'd never been to Cru before, but I'm sure this won't be my last visit. Next to Chicago's amazing theatre and music scenes, we relish urban living for the restaurants. One could eat out every day and not make a dent in Chicago's world class cuisine scene. An evening at Cru felt like an exotic vacation without leaving my home town.
Cru has a cozy, unpretentious atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. When I was a bit overwhelmed by their impressive 200+ wines selection, I was able to tell the bartender I prefer dry...red and he steered me in a fabulous direction. We're all about supporting eco-friendly, sustainable, small family enterprises and local produce, and so is Cru.
Here's what was on the menu for our tasting:
Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Argyle, Willamette, Oregon
Assyrtiko, Domaine Mercouri, Peloponnese, Greece
Sauvignon, Movia, BRDA, Slovenia
Grenache/Syrah, Turner Pageot, Languedoc, France
Nerello Mascalese, Passopisciaro, Sicily, Italy
Xinomavro, Karydas, Naoussa, Greece
Here's the restaurant's official description:
Welcome to Cru Cafe & Wine BarNestled in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Cru Café & Wine Bar balances its elegant décor with a casual ambiance.
Cozy up to a fireplace in winter or enjoy al fresco dining in warmer months as you choose from one of over 200 bottles of wine, selections by the glass and an inspiring list of flights and cocktails.
We proudly support small producers and sustainable farming. every wine on the menu has a story and a soul. Whether it’s a grower champagne, small family owned domaines, winemakers from multiple generations or just passionate winemakers, they all share a common philosophy about farming and wine making. All of the wines were carefully chosen for both their personality and the pure expression of where they’re from. We strive to find the best examples of all wines globally and hope you enjoy the story they tell.
Our menu is seasonal and based on traditional flavor combinations. we use both classic and modern techniques to prepare dishes that are delicious, fun and interesting. We make as much as we can in house which ensures that our food is fresh, healthy and of the utmost quality. This will include extensive stock and sauce making, butchering and baking.
Motorola's New Photon Q
We were quite enamored with the latest smart phone from Motorola as well. The Photon Q torpedos my Galaxy S right out of the Milky Way! This bad boy is more like a personal secretary...letting certain calls through and screening others according to your settings. Have your people call my people indeed!
There's a sleep setting the phone will suggest to you, and a fast, 5 line, real keyboard that real people with long nails or man sized fingertips can manipulate with ease! It slides under the screen without adding much bulk or weight.
Paparazzi take note. This is the largest screen on a 4G and the camera and video is fabulous. It's also eco-friendly for a smart phone. We're dying to try one out for more than a one night stand. Right now they're exclusively available with Sprint and we've been with T-Mobile for years. Sigh.
Here's the scoop off Motorola's site:
Little Tech Girl....thinkin' about giving her last smart phone THE BOOT, for the stylin' new Photon Q!